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Screw this rugby .. let’s have some fun with something all agree on!

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Boys will be boys vroom vroom….

Okay due to popular demand let’s have some fun…..post your pics!!!

Let’s get some “Sexy” supporters

First up ……some Bulls!!

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From Canada!!

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Vir Oom Boer and the Ladies !!

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………..and the real supporters

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Let the Valiants rev….

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Same again but Coetzee still believe

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DHL Stormers coach Allister Coetzee was again left lamenting crucial mistakes after his team’s 17-22 loss to the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday, but he was proud of the effort that his players put into their final tour match.

The DHL Stormers will fly back home to South Africa on Sunday after four narrow tour losses in Australasia, but Coetzee told his team’s official website: “We played so well at times (against the Reds)… only for crucial mistakes to cost us again.

“I still believe that we have the ability to beat any team (we play against), unfortunately we’re still making the same mistakes at crucial moments. It’s been our trend, but it’s something that we can rectify.

“Our line-out let us down today and we made a few mistakes in trying to run the ball back from deep in the second half, but I cannot fault the players’ effort… the effort is there!

“Not many teams can come back from 10-22 down against a Reds team in Brisbane and very nearly come away with a victory. We picked up two losing bonus points on this tour, which shows how close we’ve been on two occasions and, of course, we conceded late tries against the Chiefs and Brumbies to lose out on bonus points.”

The DHL Stormers have 10 league matches to come, seven of which are at home between now and mid-July.

“We’ve played at home just once this year, in six games,” Coetzee told www.iamastormer.com.

“Yes, it’s been a tough tour and, yes, we were unable to come away with a win on tour, but we’re all looking forward to getting home to our families, seeing familiar faces and building some momentum back at home at DHL Newlands.”

Unfortunately, experienced backline star Gio Aplon will be out of action for some time with a dislocated elbow, having left the field in the 23rd minute after falling awkwardly in a tackle.

“Gio dislocated his left elbow and, at this stage, it seems that he will be out of action for six to eight weeks,” said Coetzee. “It’s obviously a blow to lose someone of his ability and experience, but one bit of solace is that it’s not a dislocation.

“(Lock) Jurie van Vuuren also fell awkwardly on his shoulder and had to come off, but he should be good to go for the Waratahs game.”

The DHL Stormers will land in Cape Town on Sunday evening and will resume training on Tuesday.

SR: Cell C Sharks 32 Waratahs 10

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imagesThe Sharks have made no secret that they are hurting from last week’s loss to the Bull and the Waratahs may feel the sting of that desire to right the wrongs.

Added to that the Waratahs’ prospects of being the first team to beat the table-topping Sharks at home this season nosedived when try-scoring freak Israel Folau was ruled out with a bruised throat.   Folau, who will only join the Waratahs at the weekend after being clear by a specialist in Sydney, has crossed for eight five-pointers in just four games – more than half his side’s total number of tries.

With a game in hand, the Waratahs sit fourth on the overall table, just three points behind the Sharks.  An away win could see the Tahs regain pole position, but Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has warned that the Jake White-coached side will be looking for vengeance after last weekend’s loss to the Bulls.

Recent results:
2012: Waratahs won 34-30, Sydney
2011: Sharks won 26-21, Durban
2010: Waratahs won 25-21, Sydney
2009: Waratahs won 16-12, Durban
2008: Waratahs won 28-13, Sydney (semifinal)
2008: Waratahs won 25-10, Sydney

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Sibusiso Sithole, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Keegan Daniel, 21 Stefan Ungerer, 22 Heimar Williams, 23 SP Marais.

Waratahs: 15 Jonno Lance, 14 Rob Horne, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis (captain), 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Jacques Potgieter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: TBC

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Marius Jonker (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)

SR: Vodacom Bulls 34 Chiefs 34

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The defending champion Chiefs will be angry and determined to put last week’s aberration behind them.

Their first loss of the season – to the Western Force – was probably their wort performance in three seasons.  And they are up against a Bulls team fresh from beating the table-topping Sharks and showing some championship form of their own.

The Bulls, who have made only one change to their lineup with veteran wing Akona Ndungane returning, will again rely on the leadership skills and experience of World Cup-winning Springbok lock Victor Matfield.  The Bulls, who will aim for their seventh straight win at home over the Chiefs, are not paying much attention to last week’s result. They are expecting a “brutal” onslaught from the New Zealanders.  Matfield admitted that the Chiefs will be a stern test.

Recent results:
2012: Chiefs won 28-22, Hamilton
2011: Bulls won 43-27, Pretoria
2010: Bulls won 33-19, Hamilton
2009: Bulls won 61-17, Pretoria (Final)
2009: Bulls won 33-27, Pretoria
2008: Chiefs won 43-27, Rotorua

Teams:

Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Dewald Potgieter, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Morné Mellett, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Grant Hattingh, 20 Jono Ross, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Ulrich Beyers.

Chiefs: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Anton Lienert-Brown, 13 Andrew Horrell, 12 Tom Marshall, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden (captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Kane Thompson, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Mahonri Schwalger, 17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Ben Afeaki, 19 Michael Fitzgerald, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Gareth Anscombe, 23 Tim Nanai-Williams.

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Marc van Zyl (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

SR: Reds 22 DHL Stormers 17

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imagesThe Reds can do themselves a huge favour by stop complaining that they were “robbed” by South African referee Stuart Berry – with SANZAR having cleared the match official of any wrongdoing.

What is important is that the Reds put their winless tour of South Africa quickly behind them and focus on their own shortcoming if they want to remain in the play-off race.  They’re up against an equally desperate Stormers team, who are in the midst of some major internal politics – with a management shake-up on the cards when the team returns to South Africa.  After three defeats on a fruitless Australasian tour the Stormers hierarchy have called former Ireland forwards coach and Springbok assistant Gert Smal in to salvage the sinking ship.

The Reds and Stormers have met 17 times in Super Rugby, with seven wins for Queensland. The Reds’ record against the Stormers in Brisbane reads five wins from nine matches.

Their most recent match against the Stormers was a 20-15 loss in Cape Town in 2013.

Recent results:
2013: Stormers won 20-15, Cape Town
2012: Stormers won 23-13, Brisbane
2011: Reds won 19-6, Cape Town
2010: Reds won 16-13, Brisbane
2009: Stormers won 27-24, Cape Town
2008: Stormers won 34-16, Brisbane

Teams:

Reds: 15 Lachie Turner, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Mike Harris, 11 Dom Shipperley, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 James Hanson 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Jono Owen, 19 Ed O’Donoghue, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Anthony Fainga’a, 23 Ben Lucas.

Stormers: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Damian de Allende, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Michael Rhodes, 4 Jurie van Vuuren, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Tazz Fuzani, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Demetri Catrakilis, 23 Jaco Taute.

Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Steve Walsh (Australia), Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
TMO: Steve Leszczynski (Australia)

SR: Blues 30, Highlanders 12

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images The Blues have had plenty to digest this week – with Piri Weepu’s stroke top of the list.

No doubt it will be an emotional occasion for the men from Auckland, with the return of All Black veterans Ma’a Nonu and Jerome Kaino to the starting XV adding further spice to the occasion.

And it the weather forecast of fine conditions with light winds holds true, this should shape up nicely to be a high-octane try-fest. Neither team has trouble scoring, although they sometimes tend to leak some first-half points and then go into overdrive after the break – producing some fine displays of catch-up.

In fact both sides leaked 30-plus points in their last outings. The Highlanders’ forward pack has been strengthened, with Jarrad Hoeta, Ged Robinson and Chris King all returning.

The Highlanders beat the Blues by eight in Round Two, but their record in Auckland isn’t flash.  While Blues coach John Kirwan was happy with last week’s fortuitous victory over the Cheetahs, he also acknowledge that his side would have to work much harder this week – as they can’t expect the same leniency that they received from Argentinean referee Francisco Pastrana, a performance so pitiful that it cost the match official his job.

“We had a win that we were happy with and we got maximum points,” he said of the 40-30 triumph over the Cheetahs. “However, I think we just need to look more at our own performance,” Kirwan added.

“We realise that we’re going to have to be better to beat the Highlanders. “They’re a better football team this year, they’re playing really well, they’ve got confidence so we need to tidy up one or two of our things and just get a little bit harder on each other about performing for the full 80 minutes.”

Recent results:
2014: Highlanders won 29-21, Dunedin
2013: Highlanders won 38-28, Dunedin
2013: Blues won 29-18, Auckland
2012: Highlanders won 27-20, Auckland
2012: Highlanders won 30-27, Dunedin
2011: Blues won 33-16, Auckland

Teams:

Blues: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Jackson Willison, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 George Moala, 10 Simon Hickey, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Luke Braid (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Hayden Triggs, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 James Parsons, 17 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Tom Donnelly, 20 Peter Saili, 21 Sonatane Takulua, 22 Pita Ahki, 23 Benji Marshall.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 Shane Christie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Jarrad Hoeata, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Chris King, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Craig Millar, 18 Ma’afu Fia, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 TJ Ioane, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Shaun Treeby.

Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Nick Briant (New Zealand), Shane McDermott (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)